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They Met At Shiloh: a Civil War Novel (The Shiloh Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Phillip Bryant
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Pittsburg Landing was a place at peace—one that never expected to be the site for one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Peace is shattered as Confederate and Federal troops meet on the fields and farms surrounding a tiny Methodist church. In the midst of death and destruction, friendships form as four soldiers struggle to survive the battle.

Forced to leave his position as minister, Phillip Pearson knows his life is in danger, but not just from the Confederates. The Harper family, incensed at Pearson's refusal to bury a philandering son, has a vendetta against him that is played out on the battlefield.

Demoted from his command by a West Point graduate, Capt.Michael Greirson is forced to choose between ambition and duty.

When a bumbling youth becomes his shadow, Private Robert Mitchell gains an unlikely friend—something that has been missing from his life. Afraid to trust, he is forced to confront those fears and depend on others in the heat of battle.

War is an adventure to Private Stephen Murdoch and his best friend, William Banks. For months they dream of the glory of war before volunteering together. On the eve of battle, they sense something momentous is about to happen. Their idealistic views fade in the blood of their fallen comrades.

Of the 40,000 Confederates and 30,000 Federals about to come face to face along the banks of the Tennessee River, these four soldiers will experience fear and questions of faith for what lies beyond. Two days of horrific fighting turn boys into men and sever the sacred bonds of comradeship in the bloodiest days of the war.


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About the Author

Phillip M. Bryant attended the University of New Mexico and earned his bachelor's degree in history and with a minor in American studies. He has been active in local New Mexico reenacting and on the national level is a member of the 23rd SNY as part of the Army of the Pacific, 1st Federal Division. He has been researching the American Civil War for over 25 years. His sources have included diary accounts, autobiographies, historical monographs and first-hand reports on the actions taken 150 ago published in the War of the Rebellion battle reports and War Department communications.

Phillip served 15 years in the Army, New Mexico National Guard, with the 44th Army Band in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  

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  • Language: English
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story spoiled by poor editing March 8, 2012
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The story itself is captivating. I enjoyed the experience of Shiloh from the divergent points of view of the different soldiers on both sides, and at times could find myself caught up in the action. However sloppy syntax and gross grammatical errors kicked me out of the Civil War and back to reality way too many times. Seriously, "revile" for "reveille?" And as a good Catholic girl, I can tell you that the dying are given last "rites," not "rights." There were multiple errors of this type that really spoiled the flow of the story. On several occasions, poor syntax and uncertain pronouns left me unsure as to which character was being featured. This story deserves a good editing job to clean it up, and turn it into a 5 star book.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious Historical Fiction December 29, 2011
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'They Met at Shiloh' follows four men across the battlefield of Shiloh during the American Civil War. Each man must fight not only the battle set before him, but internal wars as well.

To the interested reader, to the person who wants to know more about Shiloh and the cog this battle fit in the larger scheme, this book may be helpful. Even more valuable, if someone asks 'what was it like to be a soldier in the western theatre of the Civil War,' 'They Met at Shiloh' is highly recommended.

To the average reader, this novel may feel somewhat sluggish, especially at the beginning.

Bryant brings to life the soldiers who fought for a variety of reasons, risking their lives for their 'pards' and their country. Well researched, well thought out, and well worth the money.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read the Prelude July 6, 2012
By Carol
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This is a very good book. It follows different people, on both sides of the conflict, and tells about what led up to them winding up at Shiloh. During the course of the book different people express their opinions about the war and why they're in it. It shows that different people have different reasons for being involved in a fight, so a war isn't about just one thing.

One viewpoint that I found very interesting was the Southerners who felt they were, like their ancestors in the Revolution, righting against a tyrannical government that was trying to deprive them of their rights. Namely the right to tyrannize over slaves. The contradiction didn't seem to register with them.

I found the book confusing at first because Kindle opens to the first page of the story, and I have a habit of skipping preludes anyway, so I didn't think to back page. The prelude explains who the different characters are and what the events leading up to the battle were. If you read that first you understand what's going on much better than if you do like I did, and try to figure out why it's jumping from one group to another in different chapters.

I plan to read it again know that I know who's who.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly one of the BEST Civil War novels... March 7, 2012
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I have read many, many Civil War novels over the years and honestly, this is one of the very best. There is a complete and definite sense of authenticity. With each and every chapter, I have felt that I am eavesdropping on the soliders and circumstances. Nothing more need be said...read this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Met a Shiloh June 8, 2012
By Cheryl
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I thoroughly enjoyed Phillip Bryant's book, They Met at Shiloh. The Civil War novels I have read before were primarily from the view of the officers, especially the generals, but this historical fiction was written from the viewpoint of the privates and sergeants, the men on the front lines. The men who were being targeted with the cannons and rifle fire had a different perspective from those who were planning the strategies. They wondered why they were there, why they were fighting their fellow countrymen. Mr. Bryant did an excellent job of expressing their conversations and thoughts. He also gave perspective on their lives in the military...the hours of boredom, moments of fear and terror, and even moments of heroism, which men on the front lines would probably all experience.
Mr. Bryant, who was a soldier himself, also had his characters express the thoughts, doubts, and sometimes arguments with fellow soldiers about God and eternity which is a topic that men would be driven to discuss as they watched men die at their side and contemplated their own mortality
Another thing I appreciated about this book was that both sides, the Union and the Confederacy, were equally represented and neither side condemned.
The book seems to be well researched and contains many details about day to day camp life that were fascinating to me. I look forward to more from Mr. Bryant.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars shabby shiloh March 9, 2012
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This tale wanders around the battlefield like a lost Confederate solider looking for a Minie ball. The story and characters lack vision and depth. It comes across as a weak attempt to portray a battle and a place, that, once the book is finished, is soon forgotten. Soldiers argue, fight, trudge on, love campfire coffee, hesitate and endure hardship. One notable theme centers around a preacher's interpretation of God's reckoning in the war on slavery. Other than that it's rote - dull and uninspiring characters kicking the can in the dust. A worthy historical romance should leave you questioning whether things really could have happened in such a way, spurring the imagination. A good war novel, also, has much to live up to; it has to rise way above the volley of ammo and the sharing of canteens. The trick is to make this unknown skirmish in the Civil War gripping and memorable. Instead it reads as a faded placard; no grapeshot here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting views from men in war from each side of their thoughts.
Published 2 days ago by Mj7055
5.0 out of 5 stars Shiloh
Enjoyed reading this book, it was well written, fun to read, have good insight on the conditions of military life and the effects of battle
Published 5 days ago by Tommy
3.0 out of 5 stars took too long to tie the two together could have ...
took too long to tie the two together
could have added more sick time together
a chance meeting at a tree
sharing the loss of two comrades
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
to drug out
Published 9 days ago by LL
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the read because of the topic
I enjoyed the read because of the topic. But I often found it difficult to keep track of all the characters.
Published 9 days ago by M. Lewicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Great read !! Makes me want to see Shiloh again.
Published 9 days ago by Linda Rorie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great civil war story
As well written a novel as Bernard Cornwell's civil war series the Starbuckchronichles

In other words a really good novel
Published 10 days ago by Thomas c.lawton
3.0 out of 5 stars The author gives good coverage to the daily life of the soldiers and...
This book is light on history and heavy on the life of the civil war participants. The author gives good coverage to the daily life of the soldiers and the horrors of the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by highwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good! Would recommend it to any civil war bufvf
Very good ! Would recommend it to any civil war bufvf.
Published 10 days ago by Theresa Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely written and well-paced
Nicely written and well-paced, this novel seemed more like a biography of real people involved in the struggle for the river valleys and woods of Tennessee. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Phillip M. Bryant attended the University of New Mexico and earned his bachelor's degree in history and with a minor in American studies. He has been active in local New Mexico reenacting and on the national level is a member of the 23rd SNY as part of the Army of the Pacific, 1st Federal Division. He has been researching the American Civil War for over 25 years. His sources have included diary accounts, autobiographies, historical monographs and first-hand reports on the actions taken 150 ago published in the War of the Rebellion battle reports and War Department communications.

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